ImageStay-at-home mom, food blogger, and cookbook author Sarah Matheny (a.k.a. Mama Pea) is a breath of fresh air in the oversaturated market of vegan and vegetarian cooking.  Her first book, Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love is a fun and creative cookbook that provides simple plant-based meals, most of which can be prepared in less than forty-five minutes.  It not only features delicious, easy to make vegan recipes, that even meat-eaters will be hard pressed to pass up, but it includes fun stories about Sarah’s adorable children, Gigi and Lulu.  And readers will be relieved to discover that the majority of the ingredients required for the recipes can already be found in their kitchen pantries, with the exceptions being available at most local grocery stores.

Speaking on a personal level, I have made the Blueberry Streusel Muffins, Apple Cinnamon Pancakes, Better Than Ever Black Bean Burgers, Crazy-Good Hummus and Peanut Butter Dough Balls and they have all been delicious, especially the muffins and black bean burgers.

Highly recommended! Plus, check out her blog at for even more family friendly recipes.